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Old 09-07-2019, 11:39 AM
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Farida Guitars @ Elderly Instruments in Lansing MI.
https://www.elderly.com/collections/...v_brand=Farida
big selection and very good sounding instruments in your price range
Thanks doublescale1, a will be ears and eyes open just in case I spot an used one
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Old 09-07-2019, 11:41 AM
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Get the Eastman travel guitar- Basically their take on a GS mini, much better.
Thanks LCSTAGG!, never thought about it but really interested now. Of course is on the list now
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Old 09-07-2019, 11:48 AM
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I'm delighted with my RK series 9 ooo. It's very resonant at only 150. So good I'm splashing out for an Ros 10 and a ro t16. The Ro t16 is getting amazing reviews. I've talked by email to elderly and RK who claim that the torrified top make it the most resonant out of the ez tones 10 series and 6 series. I will admit I'm not massively knowledgeable about different brands. I know a good sound when I hear it. I've bought two online from an official RK supplier as I also can't get to play them. They do have a certain sound though so you'd have to make sure that's what u want. Amazing for picking with light nickel strings.

Maybe if you do buy online get it from a supplier that knows what you want and has a good quality control and returns and your sweet . I backed out of buying a guitar from thomann as they didn't give me much confidence as they hadn't a clue about any of my questions.

The RK quality control seems to be much higher now as they seem to be geared towards selling a substantial amount of guitars online. There are so many videos on YouTube to draw conclusions from.

My main worry was getting a bad one but it seems that the majority of people are very happy and so am I. I have 2 good dirty 30,s and can't stop playing the things. Hopefully it will continue for me. You will know what to get after juggling a few in your head every night and day for a while. Could u afford 150 to try a series 9 triple 000? It will give you a taste for their sound knowing that a step up should then get u even more. The t16 sounds a safe bet the the others below 300. Ez tones etc. The 30,s shine for me with nickels. RK seem to stick with a one bold fingerpicking vintage sound. I don't like to strum the thing though. I love it though for picking . It gives me something back when I play it. I enjoy it something I'd stopped doing with a fairly decent freshman Dreadnaught over twice the price.

The things have a soul like Chucky the doll! They have got me obsessed with the guitar again. I can't say enough good things about the rk,s I have tried but that's just me and others may differ..Check some vids out if you havnt yet and email elderly if you are from anywhere in the world just to inquire about a few brands and what you want a guitar for. There's a guy there who is really good at answering questions. Hope you get something great that inspires you as it's out there and easier to get than you think just trust your gut! I missed there u are going to America. U will Def get to try a good few...
Thanks Phoenix75!
Actually I am really into RK, at least as a concept as in Europe was not that easy to try them life last couple of years, as you may know well. I think only that big German online store was having them, and as I am in Madrid, online purchase and shipping was the only alternative. Of course in the US is a different story, having bigger stock and many more dealers. I also wrote to The Music Link to find info about the series 11, but I think is still to early to see them in stores.
I have take good note of the series 9, either the 000 or its little relatives. And as you said, the dirty 30s are a seriuos alternative. Definitely I am going to try and I think would be a wisdom move.
I was also very interested in the The Loar 250 because is part of the same group and seems like an interesting bluesy concept, at least theoretically.
Thanks again for your advice, and for sure, I will be open to see & listen and would get a gem, no doubt about it
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Old 09-07-2019, 11:49 AM
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When you get here to America, look for a large guitar store like Guitar Center and play all the guitars that are in your price range.
The right one will find you.
Thanks L20A! A great advice I'll follow straight away
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Old 09-07-2019, 11:51 AM
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That's probably best. I was thinking the OP might find a great selection at a GC in Memphis or Nashville, but the report was not promising.

Wolf Tone, assuming you fly into New York, try the Guitar Center in Times Square, Rudy's Music on Broome Street, and/or Sam Ash on 34th. They have inventories on line, so you can get an idea of their selection and pricing. And you'll be able to play before buying (if you do buy).
Thanks frankmcr! Appreciate the references, but I am afraid NYC was not on the plan. Actually, the move would have Atlanta as the base to fly in and out. But of course, there would be stores along the route I am planning
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Old 09-07-2019, 11:53 AM
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I would either go with a Taylor GS Mini or a Voyage VAOM 4. Both will give you compact carrying and with a high fun-factor.
Thanks DenverSteve! More references for the list I am staring to fear that would be more than one...
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Old 09-07-2019, 11:54 AM
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I owned the Alvarez Delta Blues. Quite a good guitar. Gave it to my son. You could also look at the Farida OT parlor guitar from Elderly.com. I own the all solid but they make a solid top with laminar sides. Blues mojo all over it.
Thanks jazzguy! would keep that in mind, both sounds like brands / options to seriously consider
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I'd look hard at an Eastman E1OM

I have one, it is superb in every way...

and they are giving them away
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Old 09-07-2019, 11:56 AM
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Also in the Alvarez family, they make an all mahogany parlor in both the Masterworks (all solid) and Artist (solid top) lines. I played the Masterworks parlor just the other day in my shop and it's a great little guitar. I already own the dread version, but I was very impressed by the sound the parlor put out. I don't think the Artist version would be over $350.00 and would probably be almost as good.
Thanks Ed66! Alvarez was always on the list and all solid and masterworks/ artisan are series that looks great. The thing would be to try them life... but of course, are on the main list
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Nut on GS Mini is a bit narrow, but a good choice otherwise if that doesn't bother you.
Thanks mot! To be honest, not right now but again, is a matter of try it and see it in my hand
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I have owned several of the Alvarez parlors - both the Masterworks and Artist series. The AP66sb has the solid mahogany top and laminated mahogany back & sides. I used mine as a travel guitar for a number of years. Great little guitar. But as has been noted, Alvarez guitars are hard to buy in stores. I purchased all 3 online. Sold all except the all solid wood MPA66shb.

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Thanks Jayne! As I said before, that is my fear, to really get to the store with the right stock. At this point I think is a matter of luck; try the ones I find and see if they are of my taste. However, I would keep in mind the online purchase as an option if I do not find anything in the first stops of the route, best
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Something to consider: can you play a guitar with a scale length shorter than 24"?

I learned the hard way that I can't (at least comfortably). I think that's an important consideration in selecting a small/parlor guitar.
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I've been hearing a lot about alverez and Farida here as well will have to look at them. I know of a Farida ooo being popular for some fingerstyle artists.

Wolf tone by the ways just go to America and have a great time. If a guitar comes along it will. Even try a cheaper one to get a taste for it. Then u can recognise the things you like and don't like when choosing a more expensive one. Such as u could say to your self I'd like a slightly wider but less thick neck, I want the same type of tone but more of it, I'd like it to be more resonant - which it will etc if u know what I mean? I need a guitar at home with me for at least a day. I know it's good for me if it's effortless to play and brings a smile to my face. It becomes my arm.

I can never get fully accustomed to guitar in a busy shop. I find it hard to feel comfortable.
I went up the other day though just to look at triple OS. I tried sigma fender vintage ibanez a baby dread Martin. The baby dread at 600 was the most playable and sounded the best the ibanez second and the others while looked nice just didn't have a life about them. I left thinking I'm so pleased with the guitars I have so far. Next week I will have an Ros 10 so I want to post to comment if it's better than my two other additions.

The series 11 really interests me. I think elderlys have them on their site. I'm from the UK but some of their staff are very good emailing answers. I might go for an 11 in a year to see how they are different to the 5,7 and 9. I'm a just an acoustic and not electric player at the moment. When i mailed RK they told me that the 5 series was experimenting with the concept of recreating the old catalogue guitars. They said that the 7 and 9 series were more consistent and lighter making them more resonant. A lighter finish. I can see the wood grain on my 9 ooo. They are not a toy as some people say. The 5 series dosnt look as good though.

You def should try an RK 30,s at some point because if you finger pick I'd say u will love it and then it will allow you to purchase something more expensive from their range. It may give you a focus. They are already on your radar to and u can buy one for 150 and it's enough to give you something very musical back. They record exceptionally well. Their sound is always the RK sound.
Hi Phoenix75! Indeed brands to definitely consider.
But as you said, yes I totally agree with you. Is a matter of feeling and as I said before would be more like a discovering thing that a pure and rational purchase. I am not a great player and consider myself still in the starting position, but with some of my guitars was more about the feeling than the technical profile of the guitar. I have 250 Sigma (000ME) that gets compliments from all the experienced guitarists that try it.

The info that I got from the RK guys is that is starting to be distributed in the US, so maybe I am lucky enough to try one life. On theory teh specs and the design of the series are great, and really intrigued to check if all solid is real step ahead in tone and quality. Let's see.

And of course I'll try the RK30, seems that can be a great option at 150
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Old 09-07-2019, 12:15 PM
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If you get as far north as St. Louis (the home of Alvarez Guitars), check out St. Louis Guitar Services on Ferguson Street.

This sounds like a noble quest!



Greg Rappleye
Thanks Greg! Indeed is the most noble one I can think about at least for us I am afraid St. Louis is out of the route, but I thought about it...
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I'd look hard at an Eastman E1OM

I have one, it is superb in every way...

and they are giving them away
Thanks docwatsonfan! Of course that model would on my mind... great to know. I will take a lot right now
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